According to different studies, reading SELF-HELP BOOKS appeared to have substantial antidepressant effects. Scientific researches on "Bibliotherapy" showed that a self-help book can actually have significant antidepressant effects in patients suffering from episodes of Major Depression.
According to aPsychology Today article titled “Depression Doing the Thinking,” “One of the most powerful actions you can take in combating depression is to understand how critical the quality of your thinking is to maintaining and even intensifying your depression—and that the quickest way to change how you feel is to change how you think.” The article goes on to explain how negative thoughts can enter one’s mind subconsciously, and therefore seem more raw or true to the depression sufferer than their own moods and feelings.
If a shift in thoughts can aid in alleviating depression, then why shouldn’t books be a part of that process? Let us know which books have helped you through tough times in the comments!